In what can only be described as the most cunning of all the cunning plans ever devised, and on today, the 30th anniversary of The Black Adder being shown on the tellybox, Blackadder star Tony Robinson has been knighted in the Queen’s recent birthday honours list. And that’s not all; in a cruel twist of irony (a bit like goldy but less err, gold), Baldrick’s long-suffering master, Blackadder (played most effectively by the British actor Rowan Atkinson) has ONLY been awarded a CBE – oh the shame of it.
Awarded in recognition of his public and political service, Sir Tony Robinson said “I’ll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage in our society, and the plight of the infirm elderly and their carers,” said the former host of C4’s Time Team, which was axed last year.
“I also pledge that from this day on I’ll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help,” he joked.
He also said that he was “thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked” at the recognition.”
While slightly less noble, but no less thrilling or deserved, Rowan has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to drama and charity. Of this, Rowan said the CBE came as a “genuine surprise” and a “great honour”.
Speaking exclusively to Blackadder Hall via his translator, Blackadder creator Richard (where’s MY bloody knighthood) Curtis said “Congratulations to sir Sodoff Baldrick. And commiserations to Lord Blackadder on his puzzling demotion.”
It’s all rather exciting and I offer my utmost congratulations to them both.
As Prince George would say “Huzzah!”